Articles about Ray of Hope Prize

ECOncrete Founder Featured on "What if We Get it Right?" Podcast

An Interview with Shimrit Perkol-Finkel

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Two Ray of Hope Prize Finalists Featured by Donut Media

Two finalists from the 2020 Ray of Hope Prize competition were recently featured on Donut Media's YouTube channel.

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Communicating with nematodes for better farming

Pheronym increases the effectiveness of commercially available beneficial nematodes (microscopic roundworms) by tapping into their natural communication platform, pheromones. By telling nematodes to be more effective and efficient predators, they are allowing for a widespread adoption of a proven organic farming technique.

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How the nanostructure of a butterfly wing inspired a better way to purify air

Biomimicry Institute

Metalmark addresses the global air pollution crisis by turning contaminated fumes into breathable air. Inspired by the structural coloration, aerodynamics, strength, lightness, and water repellency of butterfly wings, they are creating high-performance catalytic materials that can purify both indoor and outdoor air.

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Ray of Hope Prize Finalist, Helicoid Industries Designs with Inspiration from Mantis Shrimp

Helicoid is making lighter, stronger, and more impact resistant composites by applying the same internal architecture found in the mantis shrimp’s extremely durable club.

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Seeking the top Nature-Inspired Startup for the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize

Applications are now open for the 2021 Ray of Hope Prize®, organized by the Biomimicry Institute in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. This $100,000 Prize is awarded annually to the top nature-inspired startup, and applications are due December 4, 2020.

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Nanomik Biotechnology protects crops from fungi using biomimetic principles

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spotLess Materials: Ray of Hope Prize Finalist

Sprayable coatings that repel liquid, sludge, bacteria, and more

spotLESS Materials: Sprayable coatings that repel liquid, sludge, bacteria and more.

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How coral is inspiring eco-friendly clothing

Werewool is a biomaterials company that develops fibers with tailored aesthetic and performance properties. Inspired by nature, they design fibers at the DNA level to create sustainable textiles with inherent properties; creating low impact materials with a circular life cycle.

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This paint inspired by butterflies could be the secret to cooler cities

Reprinted from Fast Company

Cypris Materials has created a paint inspired by blue morpho butterfly wings, which get their color from blue lightwaves reflecting off the nanostructure of the wings themselves (up close you’ll see they’re actually translucent). Like butterfly wings, Cypris’ paint works through reflection, so color comes from particular lightwaves that reflect off the nanostructure of the paint. In short, this paint functions through structural color rather than chemical pigments or dyes.

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